Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

A fine balancing act: 124 waiters racing downhill, trays in hand.

Posted by Kimberly on September 28, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
September 28, 2007, page 2 (529 words)

In celebration of ‘World Tourism Day’ yesterday, the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) held its annual Tray Race as well as the World Tourism Day banquet in the evening.
The traditional Tray Race was held in the afternoon, where spectators saw waiters and waitresses from 26 hotels and restaurants in Macau including The Landmark and Starworld, take part in a bid to be the first over the line.
A total of 124 participants ran down the stoned path from the Ruins of St Paul’s to Senado Square carrying a tray with a bottle of beer on it.
The winner of the men’s division was Mr Hu You Jun from Jai Alai Cantonese Restaurant and the winner from the women’s division was Miss Wu Shun Zhen  from Jai Alai Cantonese Restaurant.
the Best Costume Awards were Wang Ying Jie of Crown Macau and Chen Bi Jun of Hotel Lisboa.
The first prize winners each received MOP3,888 in cash prizes from Macau Beer as well as tickets to the upcoming Macau Grand Prix (GP), with 1st and 2nd runners-up receiving a lower cash prize of MOP2,888 and MOP1,888 respectively along with the GP tickets.
The winners of the Best Costume Awards also received GP tickets as well as a Macau Beer Golden Glass trophy.
Earlier in the day, the Director of MGTO, Joao Manuel Costa Antunes and the Deputy Director Manuel Goncalves Pires Junior, presented welcome gifts to a tourist from Japan, Yoko Michiue, at the Macau Ferry Terminal, who later joined a tour to visit Macau.
In the evening, MGTO held a dinner banquet, attended by the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, Dr Chui Sai On, to celebrate ‘World Tourism Day’.
Of this year’s theme being ‘Tourism Opens Doors for Women’, Mr Antunes said, “today, women are confident, professional, with great patience and they are brave in front of challenges.
“in the past, women have been working hard to make the tourism industry a success, and I believe, in the future, women will play an indispensably important role in the industry,” he said.
During the banquet dinner, a launch ceremony was held for a ‘Destination Guide’ that was presented by the MGTO to the Association of Traders and Operators of Commercial Vehicles (ATOCV).
The guidebook is a collaboration between the MGTO and the ATOCV, providing tourism information such as sightseeing, hotels, casinos, shopping and restaurants in six languages, namely Chinese, Portuguese, English, Japanese, Korean and Thai.
Beginning from October 1, all taxis in Macau will be  equipped with this guidebook for tourists’ use.
In 1979, the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) decided to commemorate September 27 as ‘World Tourism Day’ during the third session of its General Assembly in Spain.
This year was the 28th year since the celebrations commenced in 1980.
the main purpose for ‘World Tourism Day’ is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, political and economic values.
The UNWTO selects a different theme each year. The host country for ‘World Tourism Day’ this year was Sri Lanka who held their official celebrations on Thursday with many other countries and regions also carrying out activities to celebrate the day.

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